Entries tagged with: RIP
Ronald Shannon Jackson, an avant-garde drummer and composer who led an influential electric band and performed with many of the greatest names in jazz, died on Saturday at his home in Fort Worth. He was 73.Rest in peace, Ronald.
His death, from leukemia, was confirmed by his son Talkeye.
Mr. Jackson, whose distinctive look included long hair that he once braided with rivets and subway tokens, had a muscular style that set him apart from his fellow avant-garde jazz drummers, providing for a thunderous yet economical rumble infused with funk, marching-band patterns and African styles. His band, the Decoding Society, showed his knack for writing rigorous yet approachable music.
He performed over the years with Charles Mingus, Betty Carter, Jackie McLean and Joe Henderson. But his name was most closely linked with three free-jazz pioneers: the saxophonist Albert Ayler, the pianist Cecil Taylor and, foremost, the saxophonist Ornette Coleman, who also hailed from Fort Worth. [NY Times]
Watch a video of him performing in 1999, below...
Singer Noel Harrison has died at his home in Devon, aged 79.British pop singer Noel Harrison, whose song "The Windmills of Your Mind" was a big hit and has been covered many times, has passed away. Rest in peace, Noel. You'll be missed.
The son of the actor Rex Harrison, he was best known for recording the hit song The Windmills Of Your Mind on The Thomas Crown Affair soundtrack.
It won best song at the 1968 Oscars and was later covered by artists including Dusty Springfield.
Harrison spent much of his life in America, as an actor and performer, but moved back to the UK in the last decade or so to live in South Devon.
He once said, of recording The Windmills Of Your Mind: "It didn't seem like a big deal at the time. I went to the studio one afternoon and sang it and pretty much forgot about it."
Harrison continued: "I didn't realise until later what a timeless, beautiful piece Michel LeGrand and the Bergmans had written. It turned out to be my most notable piece of work." [BBC]
Listen to "The Windmills of Your Mind" below...
On behalf of JSRG which includes the three original members of Vixen, Janet Gardner, Share Ross, Roxy Petrucci along with Gina Stile are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund who lost a valiant battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013.RIP, Jan Kuehnemund. A couple '80s Vixen videos below, along with the rest of the band's Facebook message.
Much more than simply a brilliant guitarist and amazing songwriter, Jan was one of the kindest souls you could ever hope to meet. She remembered everyone's birthdays and special occasions with gifts and was one of the most gracious women on the planet.
Through her year long battle with cancer, Jan was very courageous. She never complained and never gave up. The cancer beat her body but it never broke her spirit at any moment.
Philip Chevron w/ The Pogues at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
Philip Chevron, guitarist for legendary Celtic punk/folk band The Pogues, has passed away after a 6-year battle with cancer. He was 56. The Guardian reports:
Philip Chevron, who played guitar for the Pogues, has died at the age of 56. He had been treated for head and neck cancer in 2007 and was given a clean bill of health in April 2012. A new tumour appeared in August 2012, however, and was deemed inoperable. He died on Tuesday morning.Rest in peace, Philip. Your contributions to Celtic punk and music in general will be remembered.
Chevron joined the Pogues following the release of their debut album, Red Roses for Me, initially on a temporary basis. He was a full-time member by the time they recorded their second album, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash. Although the Pogues' songwriting was dominated by Shane MacGowan, Chevron contributed one of the band's best-loved songs, Thousands Are Sailing.
In 1976, Chevron had founded one of Ireland's first punk bands, the Radiators from Space. Their songs were later covered by folk singers including Christy Moore and Mary Coughlan.
Watch some videos of The Pogues in NYC in 2011 below...
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Mike Boone (via)
Reports are trickling in that bassist Mike Boone of the longrunning stoner sludge band Sourvein has passed away.
Details remain scant, but multiple sources have made public mention of Boone's death. His side band S.O.L. posted the following on their Facebook:
Today we lost out brother Mike Boone. I (Keith) have known him since I was 12 and Mike Ramzi Ateyeh and I started our first band together. I love you Mike and will think of you everyday. You will be missed dearly brother."Meanwhile, the Doom Stoner & Sludge fan page posted:
"RIP Mike Boone Bassist of SOURVEIN!"For their part, Sourvein have not issued a formal statement regarding Boone, but they did cancel their scheduled appearance at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie last night at the last minute.
More details as they emerge.
Rest in peace, Mike. You'll be missed. Watch a video of Sourvein at Saint Vitus in 2012, below...
a bowtied Ray Dolby in the mid-'50s
Audio engineer Ray Dolby, who literally changed the way recorded music sounded, died at his San Francisco home on Thursday (9/12). He had been suffering from Alzheimers and was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. His contributions to music and film cannot be overstated:
"In 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind,' the sound of the spaceship knocked the audience on its rear with the emotional content," said Sidney Ganis, a film producer who is a former president of Paramount Pictures and a former president of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "That was created by the director, but provided by the technology that Ray Dolby invented."Rest in peace, Mr Dolby.
The Dolby name became synonymous with high fidelity. For his pioneering contributions to audio engineering, Dr. Dolby received an Oscar, several Emmy Awards and a Grammy. He was also awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Bill Clinton and was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
Trained in engineering and physics, Dr. Dolby started Dolby Laboratories in London in 1965 and soon after introduced technology that produced cleaner, crisper sound by electronically reducing the hiss generated by analog tape recording.
Decca Records was the first customer to buy the Dolby System. The noise-reduction technology quickly became a staple of major record labels. - [NY Times]
Check out a Dolby Labs memorial video below...
Josh Burdette, [Washington, DC's} 9:30 Club's manager and perhaps the most recognizable presence in all of Washington nightlife, has died. He was 36.Rest in peace, Josh.
With his large ear gauges, facial piercings, tattooed forearms and imposing physique, Burdette was not someone a fake ID-holder ever wanted to encounter. A fixture at the club since 1997, the man known as "Big Josh" or "That Guy at the 9:30 Club" resisted being called a bouncer. "A bouncer is looking to bounce people. It's a reactive way of doing things," Burdette told The Post's Chris Richards in 2006. "We're the face of the club, and we have to do our best to be as friendly, polite and accessible as we can. Some of us look big and scary, but we're just people, too. We're just working our jobs."
9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz issued the following statement:"Josh was one of the wisest people you would ever meet. When you talked to him, you hoped you would be lucky enough to retain some of that wisdom, but you had to make the effort as he never forced it on you. But every word he spoke was from one of the kindest, most thoughtful and well-centered folks you could hope to have in your life.[Washington Post]
And then there was the fantastic joke that people that didn't know him fell for every time. Here was this scary looking dude that was a complete contradiction of his appearance. I think everyone felt a little ashamed and learned from that.
We were all so proud to have him as our ambassador to the world. He was as 9:30 as 9:30 gets.
I'm pretty good at moving on but this one's gonna be tough. There will be no getting over it, sorry."
Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.
Dear Friends,Beverly, MA post-rock band Caspian posted the above message to their Facebook page, reporting the unfortunate passing of their bassist, Chris Friedrich. As mentioned on the note, the band will play a tribute show for him in NH this Saturday (8/31).
We write to you today with heavy hearts and indescribable sadness to tell you that our bass player, Chris Friedrich, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon. We have lost a close friend, a true brother, and a presence that can never be replaced in any of our lives. Chris epitomized the heart and soul of Caspian, and in our own ways -- both individually and collectively -- dedicate ourselves to honoring his memory. We ask for privacy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
We will be paying tribute this Saturday (8/31) to Chris by performing at The Engine Room in Manchester, NH. This is a benefit show for a friend of Chris's who is seeking funding for a lung transplant. Chris was instrumental in putting this show together, and is the only way we know how to honor his memory at this time. You can find more information in our events section for this performance.
We love you all so very much.
Rest in peace Chris. Your contributions to this powerhouse live band will always be remembered.
Some videos below...
Eyehategod at Saint Vitus in November 2012 (more by Lukas Hodge)
As reported at Invisible Oranges, legendary Eyehategod / Outlaw Order drummer Joey LaCaze passed away on Friday (8/23) according to reports. Circumstances are unknown at this point. LaCaze was 42 years old and leaves behind a wife and daughter.
The drummer had just returned from a stint in Europe and was gearing up to play a series of 25th anniversary shows scheduled for September.
RIP Joey LaCaze. Though the music of Eyehategod will live forever.
Video and audio from Eyehategod are below...
Walton grew up in Dallas, Texas. His mother was an aspiring concert pianist, and was Walton's initial teacher. She also took him to jazz performances around Dallas. Walton cites Nat King Cole, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Art Tatum as his major influences on piano. He began emulating recordings of these artists from an early age. He attended the University of Denver as a composition major originally, but was encouraged to switch to a music education program targeted to set up a career in the local public school system. This switch later proved extremely useful since Walton learned to play and arrange for various instruments, a talent he would hone with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers -[Wiki].Warren, a prolific solo artist as well, also collaborated with some major names of the era, including Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Pat Martino, Donald Byrd, Freddie Hubbard and many many more. RIP Cedar Wilson, your recordings will live on.
Allen Lanier at Best Buy Theater last year (more by Jim Conaboy)
My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now.The above quote was posted to Blue Oyster Cult lead singer/guitarist Eric Bloom's Facebook page. Though Lanier retired from the band in 2006, he still made an appearance as late as last fall during the band's 40th anniversary celebration. Allen Lanier was partially responsible for the unique sound of the band, writing material across their output and even contributing music to Patti Smith, The Dictators and The Clash and others. He is survived by his wife Dory, mother Martha and sister Mary Anne.
RIP Allen Lanier. Your riffs and music will live on forever.
Jason Rosenthal (L) w/ Chris Enriquez at the OTMOP show at Saint Vitus last year
RIP to Jason Rosenthal, guitarist/vocalist of On the Might of Princes, Vehicles and The Brass, who passed away yesterday. He was only 35 years old. OTMOP posted their eulogy last night:
it is with insane sadness that i have to write and say that jason rosenthal, singer/guitarist for On the Might of Princes, passed away last night. i don't know what to say. of course he and i have had many differences, but at the heart of what we did and what we shared, is an overwhelming amount of passion for the beauty and struggle of a long on/off friendship and trying to keep a sinking musical ship afloat. he gave so much of himself through his music, and touched so many hearts... helping us along through our hardships and loves. i'm not going to post any particular song right now, but encourage you to find the song that hit with you the most, and blast the fucking shit out of it. goodbyes like this are not good, but the flame unique people like him leave behind will warm us until we join him somewhere. be strong and hug the people you love everyday.OTMOP called it quits for good officially in middle June, cancelling a set of shows in the process due to personal issues.
with love and never forgotten feedback,
Jason Rosenthal, you will be missed. Streams and live footage of On The Might of Princes below...
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Jon Brookes, the drummer with The Charlatans, died this morning aged 44.This is the second member of The Charlatans to pass on, as keyboardist Rob Collins died in a car accident in 1996. Rest in peace, Jon, your music lives on.
Following a seizure on tour in Philadelphia in 2010, Jon had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour and had undergone several operations, although he had been working on new material with the band over the summer.. He passed away peacefully in hospital early this morning with his family at his bedside.
Jon was a founding member of The Charlatans, who formed in the West Midlands in 1989. He was much loved by those who knew him and regarded as one of the finest drummers of his generation and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
"Jon was a brilliant drummer, an inspiration, a founding member of The Charlatans, part of our family and a friend to everyone in and around the band. Losing someone who was always so full of life is a tragedy that will be shared by so many. Our thoughts are with Debbie and all of Jon's family."
A few Charlatans videos are below.
Jody Payne (L) with Willie Nelson in 2005 (more HERE)
Jody Payne, longtime axeman who sat beside Willie Nelson for many many years, has passed on according to the Associated Press:
Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got up early in his house in Stapleton, Ala., feeling ill, and his wife called an ambulance.Suffering from a long history of cardiac issues, the guitarist retired from the stage in 2008, retreating to Alabama to teach guitar lessons after serving for 35 years as Nelson's right hand man. RIP, Jody.
Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news earlier today.Tim Wright, founding member of art punk legends Pere Ubu and eventual member of no wave legends DNA, has passed away. Rest in peace, Tim. You'll be missed.
Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of Rocket from the Tombs, an innovative and early torchbearer of sonic aggression which was plagued by personality conflicts from its inception.
Following its formation, Pere Ubu stood out from the get-go; its first single, "Final Solution" (below), sounded more like the music that would be produced a decade later rather than the relatively straightforward punk being put out by The Dead Boys -- another band formed from the ashes of Rocket from the Tombs -- and other, punk-associated acts of the time.
Wright stayed with Ubu for three years before relocating to New York City and joining no wave progenitors DNA, formed by Arto Lindsay and Robin Crutchfield as an experiment in noise. Not long after its formation DNA was placed on a compilation, titled No New York, by Brian Eno, cementing its reputation as an important, if less well-known, punctuation mark in the history of art rock and New York's storied musical history. [Billboard]
This has probably not been the best summer for Pere Ubu's David Thomas, who has been having trouble getting his current version of his band into the country.
Some song streams of Tim's music, below...
Raised in Tulsa after being born in Oklahoma City in 1938, Cale played local clubs with Leon Russell before the two musicians, along with Carl Radle, moved to Los Angeles in 1964. One year later, Cale began a solo career and recorded his first version of "After Midnight."J.J. Cale, who also wrote Clapton's hit "Cocaine," died of a heart attack on Friday night (7/26). He was 74.
After Cale signed to Shelter Records in 1969, Clapton recorded "After Midnight" and made it a smash hit. Cale's debut album, "Naturally," came in 1971, and featured the song "Call Me the Breeze," later covered and popularized by Lynyrd Skynyrd. - [Billboard]
Character actor Dennis Farina, who starred in Midnight Run, Snatch, Get Shorty and Law & Order among many many other projects, has died at the age of 69. The former Chicago police officer passed away in Arizona today due to a reported blood clot in his lung. Farina, who didn't begin his acting career till he has 37, was a familiar face to many due to his hard-nosed roles in many crime films. He had great comic timing too. Dennis Farina, you will be missed.
T-Model Ford at ATP NY 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- James Lewis Carter "T-Model" Ford, a hard-living blues singer who taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 years old and his fifth wife left him, died Tuesday at his home in Greenville, Miss.Blues musician T-Model Ford, who recorded for multiple labels, including Fat Possum, has passed away. Rest in peace, T-Model Ford. You'll be missed.
His age was uncertain. County Coroner Methel Johnson said the family told her Ford was born in 1924 and had already had his birthday this year, which would have made him 89. But a blues expert and longtime friend, Roger Stolle, said Ford didn't remember what year he was born and claimed to be 93.
Johnson told the Associated Press that Ford had been under hospice care and died of respiratory failure shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. She said he was at home with several relatives, including his wife, Estella Ford. [USA Today]
Watch a video of him performing below...
Alan Myers, who drummed on the first six Devo albums, has passed away this week after a battle with cancer, Slicing Up Eyeballs reports. He was the band's third and most well known drummer, having played on the band's earliest, well-regarded material like 1978's Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo and 1979's Duty Now for the Future, in addition to their one moment of commercial success, "Whip It" from 1980's Freedom of Choice.
In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!! I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed. Alan, you were the best - a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo!Devo's current drummer Josh Freese, who told SPIN in 2010 that Myers was one of his own major influences, also tweeted, "RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome."
Rest in peace, Alan. You'll be missed. Watch some videos of his time in Devo below...
Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini has died in Italy at the age of 51 of a possible heart attack. According to HBO, he was on vacation at the time. The "Sopranos" actor appeared recently in "Zero Dark Thirty" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." He had been working on Fox Searchlight's "Animal Rescue," now in post-production, HBO show "Criminal Justice" as well as CBS show "Taxi 22." - [Variety]Sad, sad news. Rest in peace, James.
Slim Whitman, the singer known for the 1952 hit "Indian Love Call," died Wednesday (June 19) in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 89. His death from heart failure was confirmed by his son-in-law.You may also remember that Slim Whitman's yodel saved us from Martians in 1996. A true country legend, we'll miss you Slim. Rest in peace.
The sweeping falsetto vocals of "Indian Love Call" helped the single sell 1 million copies, as well as reach No. 2 on the country chart. It also became a Top 10 pop hit.
In addition, the single "Rose Marie" spent 11 weeks at No. 1 in England and reached the Top 5 on the country chart in 1954. Whitman joined the Grand Ole Opry cast in 1955. Between 1952 and 1954, Whitman earned eight Top 10 hits for Imperial Records. He landed his final Top 10 singles in 1971 with "Guess Who" and "Something Beautiful (To Remember)." - [CMT]
A few videos are below.
Joey Covington, who appeared on Jefferson Airplane's 1969 album, Volunteers, and officially joined the band as their drummer for their final two albums, Bark and Long John Silver (not counting the 1989 reunion album), passed away in a car crash this past Tuesday (6/4), Billboard reports. He was 67.
In addition to drumming in Jefferson Airplane and even doing some singing/songwriting, Joey was also responsible for introducing violinist Papa John Creach to the band. He also played with JA side project Hot Tuna, contributed to Paul Kantner's Blows Against the Empire album, and briefly worked with Jefferson Starship. He also had one solo album, Joe E. Covington's Fat Fandango.
Rest in peace, Joey. You'll be missed. Listen to some songs he co-wrote below...
Bolder played alongside Bowie on his albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups, and also toured with him. To pay tribute to him, Bowie posted the following to his website:
Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.Uriah Heep, who Bolder joined in 1976 and remained with until present day, also posted a message to their site:
It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced.Rest in peace, Trevor. You'll be missed.
His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band's music, and Trevor's virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year. Prior to joining Heep he was a founder and ever-present member of David Bowie's legendary Spiders From Mars band, performing on all of their key albums and at countless shows. He also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts and The Rats.
Mick Box said, "Trevor was a 'World Class' bass player, singer & songwriter, and more importantly a World Class friend. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and rock fans all over the world. We are all numb to the core".
Video of the Spiders From Mars performing "Starman" in 1972 below...